Young people facing outrageous college debt and an empty job market, an ill-funded and disillusioned general population, and Bernie Sanders have all come together to combust into a hot fusion of change. “The Battle Of New York,” a unique get-out-the-vote tool, is just one result of that change.
The editorial groups of The Indypendent and The Occupied Wall Street Journal, left-wing citizen-journalist publications launched “The Battle Of New York” to make the case for a Bernie Sanders vote in New York primary Tuesday.
Josephine Zohny, public relations spokesperson for the group, told Salon:
‘If you just look at the events for Bernie in New York in particular, the attendees look like the city of New York. They are multicultural, they do skew younger, but they are still multi-generational, and you have both men and women.’
The group’s plan was:
‘…creating, editing and printing 500,000 copies of a special edition, bilingual, broadsheet newspaper with the kind of compelling coverage mainstream media outlets rarely touch. And they are going to flood New York with the publication in the week before the primary.’
“The Battle Of New York” shifts the perception of millennials:
‘Young people are depicted as self-centered and fragile. They are instructed to be independent and strong, to take responsibility and stop relying on others to do things for them.’
Bernie supporters see an American Empire in decline, but also a way forward:
‘Our market-driven culture is in decay. The criminal justice system has failed us. And the political system is collapsing due to the weight of corrupt lobbyists and greedy capitalists.’
‘Only organized power of courageous and compassionate people can turn around these catastrophic realities. Social movements in the streets and jails over against the Establishment in both decrepit political parties are fundamental.’
‘The Democratic National Committee chair said openly that the superdelegate system is designed to protect the party’s leadership from the grassroots. We will see about that.’
The paper describes establishment politics as a “broken system,” but one that is in flucuation:
‘In 2011, Occupy Wall Street pushed against the machine here in New York. Now we can see — that wall is cracking.’
‘…we were stuck advocating reform in a two-party system where each side kept blaming the other but never addressed the human need to change the system. The establishment Democrats tried to shut the Dreamers down. We challenged them.’
‘And here’s the truth: the Republicans are a farce and Clinton is weak. The future is unwritten.’
The paper rightly points out that the US is not a real democracy with one person, one vote, as many people believe. Instead it is a representative republic with delegates:
‘We don’t have a real democracy today. Our politicians are pretending to serve two masters: The people who elect them and then the people who fund them.’
‘Let us wage a moral and political war against the gross wealth and income inequality in America, the worst in the industrialized world, which is tearing this country and our economy apart.’
‘Let us wage a moral and political war against a dysfunctional health care system and fight for a Medicare-for-all single-payer system. Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.’
But, why not support Hillary? For Sanders’ people, she is a hawk who voted for the unending Iraq War and a candidate who represents one truth:
‘She’s an endless shapeshifter who says whatever works to get her to the next primary, it’s important not to lose sight of the one truth she’s been telling, and will continue to tell, the voters: things will not get better.’
The Democratic Party is a lot more liberal now than it was in 2008, so if there is a large voter turnout, that favors Bernie over Hillary:
‘Sanders’ margin over Trump is generally very comfortable, while Clinton’s is smaller. Clinton’s average lead over Trump is just 2.8 percent, while Sanders’ lead is a full 6 points.’
Sanders talks about changing the existing political structure:
‘No president, not Bernie Sanders, not anybody else, will be able to bring about the changes that the working families and the middle class of this country, that our children, that the seniors, our seniors deserve.’
‘No one president can do it because the powers that be, Wall Street with their endless supply of money, corporate America, the large campaign donors are so powerful that no president can do what has to be done alone.’
He says that when the disillusioned, young people, working people, seniors and other under-represented groups come together and say:
‘..enough is enough, that our government, the government of our great country belongs to all of us and not just a handful of billionaires, when that happens we will transform this country.’
‘Finally, let’s understand that when we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and hispanic people stand together for justice, we win.’
‘When straight and gay people stand together for justice, we win. When young and old stand together for justice, we win. When working families stand together, we win.’
Bernie’s authenticity and his long career of fighting for the little guy make him enormously appealing to his supporters. Hillary may have the millionaires and billionaires in her pocket, but Bernie has the power of an enthusiastic electorate.
“The Battle Of New York” is not affiliated with the Bernie Sanders campaign in any way.
H/T: The Battle Of New York.